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Tango0122 Oct 2020 4:23 p.m. PST

"We have a question for all the gamers in the community. Why do you play the factions/games that you do? Give us your honest answers.

Across the tabletop gaming world, there are a whole host of different models/factions/games to choose from. So why do you play them? What drew you into playing what you play?

Rule of cool? Did you pass by the shelf and see some of the coolest miniatures you've ever seen? Did you get into the game thinking "man…I would really love to paint that!". Depending on whether you play some kind of alien race, desperate humans, or monsters outside of reality, we all have a "favorite model"…"
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jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2020 4:34 p.m. PST

Love history.and all aspects of the Hobby..

USAFpilot22 Oct 2020 5:01 p.m. PST

I like strategy. Thinking about how to win a battle is like solving a puzzle.

saltflats192922 Oct 2020 5:17 p.m. PST

To attract women, of course.

ashauace697022 Oct 2020 5:34 p.m. PST

I play because of the control
As a combat vet we didnt have any ,a lot of chaos , not knowing what will happen
Here among my friends bthere is a sense of what will happen
Weird dice rolls are an exception

John the OFM22 Oct 2020 7:07 p.m. PST

"Rule of cool"?
Oh, sure. That explains why I bought Brigade Games Massachusetts state troops in MPC coats. Chicks throw themselves at me over the like.

SpuriousMilius23 Oct 2020 7:58 a.m. PST

As far back as I can remember, I loved toy soldiers; my top Christmas gift wish was often a Marx playset. My high school friends & I discovered Avalon Hill wargames. While I was in college, the WRG Ancients rules from Britain became available as well as American rules for other periods & a couple of Dallas shops sold Hinchcliffe & Minifigs models. Mating wargames & military miniatures was brilliant (which the Brits had been doing for generations). After I graduated & returned to Dallas my group was the 1st D&D coven in the area. We were fated to become rules mongers & lead addicts.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2020 8:34 a.m. PST

Another childhood fan of toy soldiers. I had many adventures in the backyard with green army men and scratch built tanks.
( We were too poor to buy the nice Revell models.) In junior high it was model ships.(My Dad had a better job.)In high school it was ROTC and Avalon Hill. In college it was girls, booze, Risk and the formal study of history. Then came the epiphany as a young teacher: Minifigs. Since then I've reveled in studying military history, painting figures and playing games. I was even fortunate enough to meet SpuriousMilius along the way. Good times too numerous to mention .Onward through the Fog!

Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2020 9:33 a.m. PST

When I was a kid, I used to watch the Mickey Mouse Club and they ran so many things Like Davey Crockett, The Gray Ghost (ACW), The Swamp Fox (AWI), Zorro, Etc. These shows got me started into history. Every Christmas my dad would buy me the latest Marx set of toy soldiers which I enjoyed playing with. Between the two, I developed a love for history and toy soldiers, Putting them both together was how I got started.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2020 12:18 p.m. PST

'cause we can!

Love to paint, love history – nicely brings things together with the chance to play neat games

farnox23 Oct 2020 12:25 p.m. PST

I've always loved military history as well as putting models together. I found a gaming group in my late teens an have been hooked on the hobby ever since. It dovetailed together.

Tango0123 Oct 2020 1:03 p.m. PST



brass124 Oct 2020 8:31 a.m. PST

Damned if I know.


Tango0124 Oct 2020 11:59 a.m. PST



UshCha25 Oct 2020 12:10 p.m. PST

First of all I have no favorite model. That's like saying which card in a deck of cards is best. Its just to me a daft question.
1) Why because I always enjoyed reading books about weapons and battles. But I wanted to experience in a remote way the tactical decisions facing commanders and their men, to understand what the Rules of Thumb meant and why they were the key. Finally after a quest of probably 50 years I have a credible set of rules which while by no means perfect do what I need them to do.
2) Its puzzle to be solved and some innate pleasure in thinking like a general and trying to outwit the enemy. I finally realized that Monty was correct you to some extent have to get inside the head of the enemy general to understand how he might deploy and how to exploit this.
3) Why figures when painting is not thing for me. Simply I find it far easier to understand complex terrain when it is presented in a 3D form.

von Schwartz28 Oct 2020 12:06 p.m. PST

To attract women, of course.

Well, THAT worked really well!!!

Seriously though, I was doing research for a college paper on The History of Science and Technology and looking for some books on the evolution of armor. They were playing a micro-armor game and since I have always been interested in the military and when had my own collection of Airfix soldiers and Roco Mini-Tanks when I was younger, I thought they were really cool and thought I would give it a try.

arthur181529 Oct 2020 4:16 p.m. PST

Because I enjoy the visual spectacle, the company (when playing with friends), the challenge of trying to succeed against my opponent or the scenario, the 'story' resulting from the game and the sheer pleasure of handling toy soldiers in a way I never did as a young child.

AICUSV29 Oct 2020 7:59 p.m. PST

Grew up with a Father who collected toy soldiers, had to have someway to play with them. Besides thought it would be a great way to meet chicks. Guess you can't always be right.

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